As followers of Jesus, we have distinctive characteristics that distinguish us from the world—and the most distinctive, I have seen, is that we have a hope. It’s the hope of Jesus’ righteousness replacing our own, the hope that one day all will be set right—justice will reign, beauty will flourish, love will abound, and all people will acknowledge the significance of Christ—the assurance of the acceptance of our God.
As I have talked with people here, I’ve seen that without the hope of glory, nothing matters. Many here risk being beaten or left to die in a desert because they are so willing to find a hope—hope of a better life somewhere other than here.
This is true in all of our lives in a sense—our hope is of a better life than the one we began crying out of our mother’s womb. We, as lovers of Jesus, have been born again to an abundant life, an abundant life that’s lived from our spirit’s new birth until eternity.
Let us understand each morning how great the hope is that we have been given.
Tiffany, a student at Texas A&M University, is serving as a semester missionary in Northern Africa with Go Now Missions. Her last name is withheld for security reasons.